Verizon Communications reported an increase in revenue and a double-digit spike in net income for the first quarter of 2013, compared to a year earlier, driven largely by gains in mobile customers and in revenue from its Fios service.
Smartphones with custom versions of Android offered by large mobile operators in the U.S. are not getting security updates as regularly as phones from Google, or smartphones from other vendors like Microsoft, according to a complaint by the American Civil Liberties Union to the Federal Trade Commission.
Verizon Wireless reportedly has offered $1 billion to $1.5 billion for some of Clearwire's spectrum leases, possibly complicating Sprint Nextel's attempt to buy out the company in conjunction with its acquisition by Softbank.
Verizon gets a little stingier with its discounted upgrades, and will now make customers wait two full years before getting a discount. Verizon also eliminates the option to switch the type of device.
Verizon wants to negotiate eyeball-based content fees for programming it buys, and customers may get a break out of the deal.
An online petition to legally protect the unlocking of mobile phones has collected 100,000 signatures—which is enough to guarantee a response from the White House.
AT&T will buy mobile spectrum in the 700MHz band from Verizon Communications for US$1.9 billion, AT&T said Friday.
The plans include one for small businesses, with up to 25 lines of shared data, and one aimed at large businesses of any size, with no limit on the number of devices
Verizon Communications posted a net loss of $1.9 billion during the fourth quarter of 2012, but the losses were due to a series of one-time expenses from severance, pension, and restructuring costs.
After starting amid the smoldering ruins of AT&T and T-Mobile USA's failed merger, 2012 ended as a big year for mobile carrier deals in the U.S., and possibly a final changing of the guard for a long time.